On This Day

January 1543 in History

Birthdays in History


Person of interestTokugawa Ieyasu

Jan 31 Tokugawa Ieyasu, Japanese Shogun who founded the first Tokugawa Shogunate and united Japan, born in Okazaki, Japan (d. 1616)


Deaths in History


Person of interestJuan Rodríguez Cabrillo

Jan 3 Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo, Portuguese-Spanish conquistador who conquered Central America and later discovered California, dies of gangrene at around 43

Conquistador and Explorer Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
Conquistador and Explorer
Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo
  • Jan 9 Guillaume du Bellay, French diplomat and general (b. 1491)